“Knight delivers the last blow”

This is the name of one of the themes from our middlegame and endgame collection. It is very useful and happens very often. The question is only: do you notice it and can implement it yourself? 🙂 If you are not sure how to use or notice it in your games, it is time to study many such examples! 🙂

My dad’s attacks and sacrifices – Part II

This is the second part of my dad’s attacking games and sacrifices, studying which will help you to implement them in your own games 🙂

Starting a new theme

Today I want to start a new theme! And it will be, I hope, both interesting and useful for many not so strong players. When I was 5-6 years old, my dad (my trainer all my life) taught me: “Lenochka! You must play blitz games! It is very useful! And you need to play them very bravely, very brightly, very quickly! You must be able to quickly play the opening (and to do this you need to know the openings!), you need to know what to do in the middlegame (and to know it you must study them seriously), you need to work on endgame technique. But most importantly, you need to learn to sacrifice in these games (and to do this, you need to calculate variations very quickly and to be ready every move to give pieces and pawns to create an attack or checkmate). Playing blitz exactly in this way, you will definitely learn to play colourfully, giftedly, actively. In general, we will look especially for such opponents who will help you to master all this!
And so, my dad – chess trainer, pianist, writer, phychologist, is already 62 years old 🙂 . But in his spare minutes he gladly plays blitz games online, and only 2 (!!) minute per game. He says, that it is a great means against getting old! 🙂 and I want to show you some fragments from his games. I like them! 🙂 These is not only great study material. These is nice study material 🙂 . I wish you to enjoy them and use in your games too!

An example of how to think & evaluate the position correctly (also taken from my first book “The Very Unusual Book About Chess”)

This game is from my own practice. The game was played back in 2000 and (I believe) is not only a slightly wild and interesting game 🙂 but more importantly is a good example of how to think and evaluate the position correctly. Many people, including my students who have just started taking lessons often ask me how to do it. The answer is in this game!